Monday, August 5, 2013

Say When (Something More #1)
Author: Tara West
Release date: July 11th 2013
Publisher: Createspace
Series: Something More # 1
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Add to your library: Goodreads

He told me to say when, but I can’t. Not with Andrés. It’s so hard to say anything when he’s trailing feather soft kisses down my neck, or when his touch sends hot currents of lust rippling across my skin. 

Then there’s the way he smiles and offers soft words of encouragement when I’m creating art, almost like he believes I have talent. 

He’s not like any guy I’ve ever met. Not like my ex-fiancée. Not like my father. He’s got me thinking that maybe we can have something more. More than just lust, degradation, and abuse. 

And now I’m scared, because that means I’ll have to trust him with more than just my body, but with my heart, too. (via Goodreads)

I received an e-copy of this from Laura of Little Read Riding Hood  on behalf of Tara West in exchange for an honest review.

I cannot even remember how many times I've seen a cover with such theme. You know, the kissing couple. I don't have a problem with that. Really. It just caught my attention now because well, it's really a cliche in the NA world. I think this cover is one of those which has that such chemistry you know? I don't know with you. But I do feel that chemistry.

I was really taken aback with the start of this novel. Usually, that kind of scene happens at the middle. So yeah, I was a bit surprised but it gave me an idea as to what will happen in the story. Sure enough. I was right. For some reason, it was all expected. But that didn't stop me from enjoying the novel at all. I still enjoyed it as a whole although there were some things that let me down.

It wasn't hard to feel for Christina. If I have such a controlling mother, I'd just probably run off from our house and be a beggar. Or worse, I'll just kill myself. It's both hell anyway! I cannot even express how much I loathe her mom. Especially with what she did about Christina's past experience. Add to that her a-hole fiancee. As much as I want to understand why Christina hated him, I just can't. Sure, maybe she wasn't satisfied with their sex life. But then I never knew him before Christina hated him. I never knew how they met or how they fell in love with each other. There must be something that made her fall for him in the first place right? I just wish it was elaborated more. All I knew was that, when Christina brought home Jackson, her mother immediately said that he'll be her husband. Weird right? Well, that's how Christina's mom love power, prestige, and money! So much to hate Christina's mom. Another was Christina's best friend, Karri! That woman was such a lost cause. She really did it with her last scene with Christina.

So when Christina broke it off with Jackson, it wasn't much of a surprise that she'll fall for someone. Immediately. Enter Andres. I don't know why. But the idea of Mexican men saying all those Spanish words with their special someone is such a sweet thing. Maybe it's their accent or whatever. It really sounds sweet! So yeah, it was totally insta-love even though they did it first. I don't know why but there's something about the way Andres saw right through Christina and that's what made me fall for their insta-love. I think that even if they didn't do it first, they'll still be longing for each other. Also, I guess since they both have troubled past, they understand each other more than anyone could.

What Christina experienced was totally sad and depressing. But I think since I was reading from Christina's POV, it should have been more discussed in detail. I mean, I should know and feel things from her POV. I feel like her actions weren't much of an effect of her experience. Her experience can only make two things out of her. Either hate sex or love it. But with her, I didn't feel like any of the two. Maybe that's why she didn't become satisfied with Jackson's abilities. Maybe that's why she fell for Andres' moves. I really don't know. I wish I knew how that experience really changed her as a person in all aspects. My point is, I should have felt and known the effects of that experience to Christina since I was reading from her POV anyway. Personally, I believe that what Christina experienced was actually a big problem. But I never felt that from her. I felt she was troubled. But nothing more than that. All I felt was her drive to be not the woman her mom and Jackson wanted her to be.

Andres' troubled past was actually common. But that didn't make it alright. Even if I know that this wasn't coming from his POV, I still felt sad for him. What happened to him was such a sad loss.

Say When is a nice light read even if it had a big issue. I still enjoyed it as a whole despite of some things. It has sexual content that I just skimmed because I just don't want to invade such intimate moments! This is a story of finding love, hope and trust despite troubled pasts. I'm pretty excited to read Say Yes!

  About the Author 

Tara West is the best-selling author of the Whispers Series:Sophie’s SecretDon’t Tell MotherKrysta’s Curse , Visions of the Witch and Sophie’s Secret Crush.  Visions of the Witch, was co-authored with Heather Marie Adkins. Tara has recently released the paranormal fantasies, Witch Flame and Curse of the Ice Dragonand is working on another fantasy as well as more Whispers books and her July 2013 new adult romance, Say When.
A former Texas high school teacher, Tara enjoyed coaching her writing team and even the hectic deadlines that came with running the school publications. After taking a break to raise her baby girl, Tara now works from home as a novelist and cover artist.
In her spare time,Tara loves to read, exercise, and spend time with her family and friends. She contributed the cover art for her Whispers Series and has designed covers for over 500 other books. She’d love for you to visit her at where you can sample her artwork. Follow Tara onTwitterWattpad or like her Facebook page for updates.

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